Since its release on October 23, 2020, Netflix original series The Queen’s Gambit has become one of the platform’s most-watched shows. This riveting series, following the life of fictional character Beth Harmon, has remained at the number 1 spot of the Netflix Top 10 most-watched for weeks. A miniseries with only seven coveted episodes, The Queen’s Gambit builds up viewers with its adventurous plot and leaves them wanting more in all the best ways. If you haven’t checked it out yet, here are reasons to watch The Queen’s Gambit.
The Queen’s Gambit will make you fall in love with chess.
If you didn’t love chess before, you will soon develop a newfound appreciation for the game while watching the Queen’s Gambit. The story follows Beth Harmon, played by Anya Taylor-Joy, an orphan who learns the game of chess from the janitor of her orphanage. Beth quickly becomes obsessed with the game and shows a natural talent on a prodigy level, and dreams of becoming the best chess player in the world.
Chess is beautifully infused into every aspect of the series.
Just like Beth, who eats, sleeps and thinks chess non-stop, this series utilizes chess as thematic element throughout the film; such as Beth’s style of dress, her daydreams, and her overall approach to life.
It’s based on Walter Tevis’ novel written in 1983.
There has been plenty of interest in the adaptation of this novel from Hollywood heavy hitters over the years, including Heath Ledger before his untimely death. The adaptation was then undertaken by Scott Frank and Allan Scott, who wrote the current Netflix series.